Cashel Community School, Dualla Road, Cashel, Co Tipperary

Category XVII

The Board of Management of Cashel Community School invites applications from suitably qualified persons for the post of Deputy Principal to take effect from 1st September 2023. The school is a Community School.  The school is a coeducational school with an enrolment of 916 on 1st March 2023.

On application candidates must have

  • Recognised post-primary teaching qualification
  • A minimum of 5 years’ satisfactory teaching experience
  • Registration in accordance with Section 30 of the Teaching Council Act 2001

Application forms and full details may be obtained by applying in writing to:

The Chairperson of the Board of Management, Cashel Community School, Dualla Road, Cashel, Co Tipperary.

or from or by email from

Completed application forms should be submitted in hard copy only no later than 5.00 pm on 26/04/2023.

Short listing may apply.

Canvassing by or on behalf of the candidate will automatically disqualify.

Late applications will not be accepted.


2.Job Description:

Post Summary:

The overall responsibility of the Deputy Principal is to assist the Principal in the management of the school.

Besides the discharge of specific administrative and management duties, the Deputy Principal also exercises a leadership and motivational role in the direction of the school enterprise. Together the Principal and Deputy Principal/s form the senior management team of the school, they must work in tandem to fulfil the aims and objectives of the school. That teamwork is also broadened to include the post holders to form part of the management team and the staff whose co-operation and commitment are also vital to the achievement of the goals of the school.

The Deputy Principal is required to deputise for the Principal in their absence in all matters organisational/administrative and in relation to discipline within the school.

The Deputy Principal must be willing to work in conjunction with/under the direction of the Principal.

The Deputy Principal shall teach a maximum of 5hrs hours per week. This may vary in accordance with the relevant DE Circular Letter.

Notwithstanding the maximum number of teaching hours, the Deputy Principal will normally be required to be in attendance in the school throughout the school day.

The Deputy Principal may also be required by the Board of Management to be present in the school for periods during the State Examinations and for other periods outside the normal opening hours and days of the school such as may be necessary from time to time. The Deputy Principal must be at the school at 8.15am to 5.00pm to supervise pupils at the entrance and exit of the school.

Reporting/Accountability Relationship:

The Deputy Principal shall report to the Principal.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

The Deputy Principal, in collaboration with the Principal, shall have responsibility for the following key areas:

  1. Leading Learning & Teaching
  2. Assist the Principal in developing a school environment which is supportive of learning and high achievement among the students.
  3. Develop and provide appropriate learning and curriculum programmes and methods of instruction that meet the needs of all students in the school and timetabling to support them.
  4. Promote effective learning and teaching practices across the school.
  5. Assist in the development of the school curriculum and assessment policies.
  6. Develop and implement systems for recording individual pupils’ progress and ensure that parents are informed regularly of the progress of their children at the school.
  7. Assist the Principal in supporting the monitoring and evaluation of learning and teaching across the school and contribute to school self-evaluation and the development of improvement plans.
  • Leading School Development
  • Assist the Principal in the re-evaluation of the purpose, objectives and activities of the school in line with School Self-Evaluation Guidelines from the Department of Education Inspectorate.
  • Assist the Principal in developing the education aims and objectives of the school and devising strategies to achieve them.
  • Assist the Principal in co-ordinating the school plan and policies for approval by the Board of Management.
  • Developing Leadership Capacity
  • Develop a good working relationship with the Principal, teaching staff and ancillary staff.
  • Treat all staff with respect and develop positive relationships.
  • Assist the Principal in promoting ongoing staff development and in-service and in the identification of the staffing needs of the school – i.e. teaching and support staff.
  • Co-ordinate Staff Development and organise Staff Days.
  • Assist the Principal in advising the Board of Management as to a probationary teacher’s suitability for continued employment in the school.
  • Communication
  • Develop effective communication systems with pupils, staff, parents and the wider community.
  • Maintain effective relationships with the stakeholders involved (ETB, CE, BOM, staff, students, parents, Parents Association, Student Council and the wider school community).
  • Communicate with students, staff and parents in a positive, friendly and professional manner.
  • Implement the Code of Behaviour and all school policies with an understanding of their rationale.
  • Liaising with the school union representatives on matters relating to the school.
  • Managing the Organisation
  • Assist the Principal in the day to day management of the school, including the planning and overseeing of the daily time tabling of classes.
  • Assist the Principal in matters of student discipline, in the promotion of good order and general supervision between classes.
  • Be responsible for the roster of absent teachers and the implementation of and monitoring of the Supervision and Substitution Scheme.
  • Establish and maintain effective data management systems such as student records, teacher records, attendance, purchasing procedures and timetables.
  • Assist the Principal with break time and lunch time supervision.
  • Assist the Principal with morning supervision prior to school opening.
  • Assist the Principal at and being available for the duration of the State Examinations in June.
  • Prepare a summary of results of the State Exams for the Board of Management.
  • Assist at open days and nights and award nights.
  • Assist with the enrolment/assessment of the First Year Cohort.
  • Assist in ensuring the security of the school building and safe keeping of property.
  • Conduct the ordinary activities of correspondence, making reports and returns of information as required by the Department of Education and the Board of Management and ensuring that arrangements are made for dealing with such administrative matters during vacation periods.
  • Comply with the lawful orders of the BOM and with the rules and requirements of the Minister for Education.
  • Self-Awareness & Self-Management
  • Appreciate the importance of the Principal/Deputy Principal relationship, the relationship with other members of the school community and the importance and overall impact of effective working relationships.
  • Set a good standard of professional interactions and ensure professional relationship boundaries are in place.
  • Be aware of their skill set and be willing to seek help and advice when required.
  • Uphold professional integrity at all times, e.g. discretion, confidentiality, loyalty and trust.

Note:  In accordance with the DE Circulars the Deputy Principal shall enter into an agreement with the Principal to undertake certain administrative duties from time to time, commensurate with the responsibilities of the position.


3.Person Specification

  1. Essential Criteria:

To qualify for appointment candidates must:

  • Have Post-Primary Teaching Qualifications recognised by the Department of Education for the purpose of teaching in a second level school as defined by Department of Education.
  • Have a minimum of five years’ whole-time satisfactory teaching service or its equivalent.
  • Be registered with the Teaching Council (at the time of application for the Community and Comprehensive Sector).

2. Core Competencies Required:

  • Leading Learning & Teaching

Understands that high quality learning and teaching is the core business of a school and demonstrates the skills to act as the instructional leader promoting a culture of improvement and collaboration in this area.

  • Leading School Development

Demonstrates the ability to establish and maintain a guiding vision for the school in line with the mission statement and communicates appropriately the goals and expectations of this vision to the school community. 

  • Developing Leadership Capacity

Empowers staff to carry out leadership roles, facilitates active student participation in school leadership while reflecting on the effectiveness and sustainability of their personal leadership and networking with other leaders.

  • Communication

Demonstrates the capacity to clearly hear and articulate views, opinions and attitudes through effective, appropriate and empathic interaction with all stakeholders in a variety of situations and contexts.

  • Managing the Organisation

Uses a range of resources, supports and processes to ensure the effective and efficient running of the school and develops and implements a system of professional responsibility and accountability.

  • Self-Awareness and Self-Management

Is self-aware and has the capacity to self-manage and develop personally and professionally.

3. The Successful Candidate Will:

  • be a leader, committed to the highest standards of education provision, administration and governance,
  • have a passion for education,
  • have strong people management and organisation skills,
  • be a visionary and have experience in delivering projects through team work,
  • be community minded and conscious of the role the school plays in the local community.


4.Completing a Competency Based Application Form

A Competency Based Application Form requires you, the candidate, to describe some of your personal achievements to-date that demonstrate certain competencies (necessary skills and qualities) required for the position you are applying for (e.g. Leading Learning & Teaching, Leading School Development, Communication Skills etc.). All question areas must be completed.

A definition of a skill or quality is given for each competency. You are then asked to describe a situation, from your own experience, which you think is the best example of what YOU have done which demonstrates this skill or quality. It is essential that you describe how you demonstrated the skill or quality in question.

You are advised to structure what you write so that you give specific information about what you have done – for example, do not simply say that “X was successful”, describe exactly what you did and how you demonstrated the skill or quality in question.

For each example please include the following:

(a)       the nature of the task, problem or objective;

(b)       what you actually did and how you demonstrated the skill or quality (and, where appropriate, the date you demonstrated it)

(c)        the outcome or result of the situation and your estimate of the proportion of credit you can claim for the outcome.

Please do not use the same example to illustrate your answer to more than two skill areas.

Please note that, should you be called to interview, the Board may look for additional examples of where you demonstrated the skills required for this post so you should think of a number of examples of where you demonstrated each of the skills.

The selection criteria and marking scheme for the position are as follows:

CompetencyWeighting (%)Rating (1-5)Highest Possible Score (Weighting X Rating)
Leading Learning & Teaching20Max is 5100
Leading School Development20Max is 5100
Developing Leadership Capacity15Max is 575
Communication20Max is 5100
Managing the Organisation15Max is 575
Self-awareness and Self-Management10Max is 550
Highest Possible Score100 500

The Application Form must be TYPED. Handwritten forms will not be accepted.

Candidates should carefully read and comply with all instructions in relation to the completion of the application form.

All questions must be answered.

Do not change the question numbers or sequence.

Boxes may be expanded as required in compliance with maximum word count requirements.

No letter of application, CV or written reference should accompany this form.

For Employer Use OnlyYesNo
Application received by closing date
Teaching Council Registration
Post-Primary Teacher Qualification(s) as per DES Guidelines – Note: Registration with the Teaching Council under Route 2 is required for appointments in the community & comprehensive sector
Minimum of 5 year’s whole-time satisfactory teaching service or its equivalent